alt src=  From Chief Bill Westenberger

The primary goal of my monthly articles is bringing public awareness. While I will never profess to be a subject matter expert; I feel it necessary to do my part in making the community aware of public safety concerns.


For this article, I want to share a public safety concern that has troubled me greatly over the past several months. Illicit drugs have always challenged our public safety community. Primarily, the concerns have been focused on community criminal impact. Most recently, Heroin has made a significant localized comeback. The increased usage has spawned an increased overdose rate. Many have resulted in pre-mature deaths.


You can be assured that law enforcement resources will focus all that is possible in combatting this community danger. Although the impact of the arrest of a dealer can make our streets safer, we cannot rest on significant resolution to the overall concern. The bigger picture reveals the most prominent concern of the health of individual users. I personally have a fear of the addictions and overdose deaths throughout our neighborhoods.


Community awareness is a must. I encourage our citizens to pay attention to your loved ones for signs of usage – you could save a life. If you are a user, reach out for help – you could save your own life!


-In Humble Service





William Westenberger
Chief of Police
Office: (770) 429-4535
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